Old Wake Forest Road, before construction

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

The proposed improvements consist of widening Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. Roadway improvements will include:

  • Curb and gutter;
  • An 8-foot wide sidewalks on one side of the roadway;
  • A 12-foot wide multi-use path on the other side;
  • Streetlights;
  • Landscaping; and,
  • A new railroad bridge.

    Project Details

    $13 Million
    Project Lead:
    Roadway Design & Construction
    Wetherill Engineering, INC.



    Grady McCollum, PE
    Project Manager

    Comment Form

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services
    Participating Department:




    Advanced Design Touchpoint

    There was a mistake made on the postcards sent out to area residents. The postcard reads Old Wake Forest Road & Daisy Forest Road. It should read Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road. We apologize for any confusion this error may cause.

    Welcome to the advanced design public touchpoint for the Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project. 

    We have a brief presentation available that explains the project's goals, explains some of the project's challenges, and highlights some of the project's proposed features.

    Please take a moment to view the presentation and review the Public Touchpoint materials linked below.   

    Old Wake Forest and Dixie Forest Advanced Design - Roadway Design and Construction

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services


    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services


    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Public Touchpoint Materials

    We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out our online survey. 

    Public Comment Survey open until Feb. 12

    A rendering of what a typical section of Old Wake Forest Rd will look like after construction is complete.

    This typical section rendering depicts what Old Wake Forest Road will look like once construction is complete.


    Date Activity
    March 8, 2018 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
    Nov. 2018 City Council Presentation
    Winter 2021 Advanced Design Public Touchpoint
    Winter 2021 City Council Presentation
    Fall 2021 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
    Late Fall 2021 Advertise for Construction Contract
    Winter 2021 Award Construction Contract
    Winter 2023 Project Completion

    Project History

    The original Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on March 8, 2018. This design was then presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC), who showed concern with the on-road bike lanes in an area with significant traffic and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. After consulting with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Raleigh City Council, a new design was proposed for the corridor.

    The improved design removes the five-foot-wide bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the Multi Use Path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project.

    The process of developing the new design alternatives, getting the proposed design approved by council, and redeveloping the design drawings has delayed the overall project schedule. The updated schedule can be found below.

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